CANSail 1

CANSail 1 is targeted to beginners and provides the basics of safety and sailing. The course emphasizes sailing and safety fundamentals for individuals who either have some or no sailing experience.

Monday morning starts with the basics of sailing and rigging a boat. After instruction on the basic controls, balance and sitting position in the boat, students should find themselves on the water. Weather permitting this is generally on the first afternoon. Sailing is under the supervision of an instructor and, when deemed advisable, a competent adult will accompany a group on the first day. By Tuesday, sailors will be on the water by themselves (3 to a boat). The week is spent reinforcing safety habits including sailing in every direction relative to the wind. You will learn to tack, gybe, sail upwind and how to recover from a capsized sailboat

By the end of the course, teams should be able to sail with minimum input from our instructor.

Both CANSail 1 and 2 are offered to individuals aged 9 and higher. Flying Junior boats are used in both programs. Our programs assume 3 children to a boat (or 2 adults/boat) with one week of combined land/water training.


2 thoughts on “CANSail 1

  1. Karen F Porter

    My daughter & I are interested in your lessons.
    We have observe them while visiting Pender Isl.
    Do you have any date still available?

    1. johnonpender Post author

      Hello Karen. Yes, we still have many spots available. Student registrations are often delayed as visiting families finalize their actual weeks on Pender Island, so there are several dates with CANSail level 1 capacity. I suggest you visit the “Registration” part of the web site site (it is at the top of the opening page). This outlines the registration procedures and minimum age guidelines for youngsters.

      Alternatively, the below link to the on-line registration software from Checklick provides the latest data as it is a direct link into the system.

      My co-Registrar – Dave Harrison – manages the Checklick system and is always available to assist if needed.

      We look forward to seeing you this summer and wish you a safe time travelling to Pender.

      John Ackermans


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